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Special Programs

  • Alcohol and Drug Team
    Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center provides low intensity intervention services to students who have been expelled for an alcohol or drug-related offense and those at high incidence schools who have begun using substances and are at higher risk for developing a substance use disorder. The program is concerned with the early identification and reduction of occasional substance use that may lead to life impairment and an eventual substance use disorder.
  • Threat Assessment
    The Threat Assessment Team (TAT) promotes the safety of Shelby County Schools by conducting threat assessments with students whose behaviors are indicative of substantive threats of violence. When the student’s infraction involves a substantive threat of harm or possession of a weapon, the student shall be referred for threat assessment and the parents will be informed that the case is being held under advisement pending outcome of the threat assessment. Threat assessment findings will be utilized by the department responsible for student services in adjudicating these cases and in making appropriate placement recommendations to ensure the safety of the student and others.
  • Camp Treetops
    Camp Treetops is a two-week summer camp for middle school students that aims to improve coping and promote resilience in students who have been exposed to difficult life circumstances. A series of “life lessons'' are presented over the course of the camp that are the focus of daily activities and playful experiential exercises designed to foster healthy relationships and improve adaptive functioning in a variety of domains including self-awareness, social skills, emotional intelligence, and trauma recovery. The camp is offered twice each summer at designated school sites.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
    Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a program designed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing to teach adults who regularly interact with young people how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

  • Outreach
    • Let’s Talk About It:

      “Let’s Talk About It” is a Mental Health Center outreach program which provides an opportunity for a critical conversation between SCSMHC, parents, other student support staff, and community partners to discuss current concerns/events that impact the social-emotional wellbeing of students.  It also provides a space for psychoeducation, resources, and training for parents and the community by answering questions via live panel recording.

    • Parent Avengers:

      Parent Avengers' sessions offer parents an array of mental health information, resources, and practical solutions. The goal is to empower parents and provide them with necessary tools to foster their child/children’s social and emotional well-being. Virtual monthly sessions are open to all parents, school staff, and community members.